CVC does the EXACT same thing to other Cable and Satelite carriers on the stations that they own. They always have. Have been sued dozens of times for the exact same thing. Look it up...Learn something.
A Network such as Scripps will Charge a Cable Operator, like Cablevision, a fee to carry the channel such as HGTV.
Scripps original contract was charging Cablevision about .25 cents "per customer" for both the Food Network and HGTV to be allowed to be broadcast on Cablevision, keeping in mind Cablevision has 3 million customers, so multiply .25 X 3 million and you get 750K that is what Cablevision was paying Scripps for the rights to broadcast Food and HGTV on Cablevisions system
Now Scripps wants $1.75 per customer from Cablevision, so do the math again 1.75 X 3 million = 5,250,000.00, Yea from 750 thousand to over 5 million dollars Scripps wants to be paid to allow them rights to carry.
HGTV and the Food Channel are low rated or viewed channels and also Scripps gets Money from Advertising that Cablevision will never see.
I think Scripps should raise the Advertising Prices for Commercial Slots instead of a ridiculous demand of over a 400% increase that will end up being a rate increase to the customer.